Over the Christmas period I've updated a few projects on the site and redesigned the UI to make the experience a bit nicer to use!
I thought this would be an interesting opportunity to compare how the site looked in 2016 compared to the 2019 design.
The links and thumbnails have now been more optimised allowing the user to navigate more quickly between links. Hover animations have also been integrated to the design to provide a sense of exploration to the experience. The major result of these improvements can be seen on the mobile version of the site which has made project titles and interactions more natural.
I thought it would be fun to have a look at the one of my first prototypes on the site to see how the content has evolved over the past couple of years. I started designing the site in 2016 as a side project to create an online portfolio of work as a solution to share my ideas and this is still the primary focus of the site however after going through a process of user testing and research the site progressively improved into it's current state of being responsive and cross browser compatible. I am using Wix currently which handles a lot of front end code but it's been a great way to teach myself the fundamentals of responsive UX through prototyping and usability testing.
In future improvements I will be addressing font inconsistencies and areas for improvement in the fonts, store and content.
At the start of 2018 I gained a lot of experience through Usability Testing which has been a really insightful experience so far, learning from other designers and being able to provide feedback and reviews based on my current knowledge in my design skillset. Initially this started working as a contractor for UserTesting however became something much more now I have built up a reputation in this space enabling me to review VR, Games, Apps and websites while also making a living! I'm looking forward to expanding my perspective on UX and usability in 2019.
I've also been working on a project with Get Well Gamers to create a site and social media identity for the Romania community. You can see some of my progress here.
Recently I have been working on a mobile app prototype for an iOS experience. In my next post I'll be sharing some of my progress on the app.
I hope everyone reading had a great ending to 2018!